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The Best Movies of 2016

2016 can finally be put to bed for me. I can now focus on the 2017 movies… Which is in January… The literal graveyard of movies where shitty horror movies and poorly conceived Oscar bait dwell… OH GOD HELP ME! But… Before I wade waist deep in the cesspool that is January movies, I do want to have one last fond memory of movies that made me smile in 2016. So this is the annual list of the greats, the Best Movies of 2016!

I do want to reiterate like the broken record that I am that these are ONLY MOVIES I HAVE SEEN AND REVIEWED! It you are wondering why a movie got a snub from me, it is probably because I did not see it. I try to see as many movies as possible. But I am just one man on the internet working on a grad student budget. I’m not exactly swimming in the cash.

I also want to state one more time that this is the BEST movies of 2016, not Tanner’s FAVORITE movies of 2016. That would be an amazingly different list. I am judging movies on the quality of the movie, the ambition of the product, and the staying power of a film in the history of cinema. So even though one movie was my favorite, it might not even be on this list at all. So with those said, let’s get this list kicked off with an honorable mention. Continue reading “The Best Movies of 2016”

Tanner Reviews Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

rogue_one_a_star_wars_story_posterSorry it is late… But I just watched Rogue One this weekend… AND YES! As a lifelong Star Wars fan, I have to say that after watching this movie, I am 100% satisfied with where the franchise is going and just wish that all of the prequels were like Rogue One. Is it a perfect movie? No. There are certainly some flaws to it and it certainly doesn’t compete with other movies in the Star Wars Universe post prequels, but ultimately it finds itself as a solid middle of the pack offering. But do not let that be a down! A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and YES The Force Awakens are all classics. So competing with them is no easy task.

Rogue One is the story of a young woman named Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones). She is the daughter of Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), the man who built the Death Star and made the Death Star the unstoppable force that it was… Also the guy who put in the design flaw but we will get there. After years of running, Jyn is forced to face her demons between her father and is forced into assisting the Rebel Alliance in their struggle against the Galactic Empire. Along with a ragtag group of scoundrels, Jyn and company must uncover the secret of the Death Star and save the galaxy. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

Tanner Reviews Star Wars: Force Awakens

Star_Wars_The_Force_Awakens_Theatrical_PosterSo the day has come… Back in January of this year, I made a list of the most anticipated video games and movies. This movie was obviously number one. The fervor that has followed into the opening day of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been nothing short of awe inspiring. It is truly wonderful to see fans of new and old come together to enjoy the seventh installment of one of the greatest film franchises in the history of existence. Star Wars is a wonderful space epic that has spanned close to six decades! Our parents love it, our grandparents love it, and we love it.

For me personally, I grew up watching Star Wars. I remember owning the black box of the entire trilogy as a kid. I remember watching the remakes with my family. I remember seeing the prequels in theaters as well. I have been a fan of Star Wars since I was a child and have fond memories of pretending to be a cool Jedi with some of those plastic lightsabers. This movie, just like it is for countless others, is my childhood. With the being said, this movie had me worried as it did for everyone who went into this film. This is the first movie that is out of the hands of George Lucas. This is the first film after the prequel trilogy that has been the derision of Star Wars fans and critics the world over. This movie, leading up to this week, was shrouded in complete and total uncertainty. We all shrieked with joy when we heard about Episode 7 and as soon as we shrieked, we collectively shrunk down in our seats, wondering if we were about to experience another Phantom Menace. After seeing the movie, I can say with absolute certainty that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the revitalization of a film franchise that will keep going for decades to come. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Star Wars: Force Awakens”